Care Level: Moderate
Main Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: Peaceful, but may be aggressive towards similar species or smaller fish
Reef Safe: Yes
Adult Size: 2-3"
Suggested Tank Size: 30+ gallons
The Creole Anthias, scientifically known as Pseudanthias smithvanizi, is a beautiful and captivating fish species that is sought after by marine hobbyists. These anthias are known for their vibrant colors and active behavior, making them a stunning addition to any aquarium.
Keeping a Creole Anthias in your aquarium requires moderate care due to their specific dietary needs and social behavior. They are carnivores and require a diet consisting of small meaty foods such as frozen or live mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and copepods. It is important to provide multiple feedings throughout the day to ensure they receive enough nutrition.
Creole Anthias are generally peaceful but can exhibit aggression towards similar species, especially males. It is recommended to keep them in groups with a single male and multiple females to help distribute aggression and reduce stress. They may also display aggression towards smaller, more passive fish species. Providing plenty of hiding places and rockwork to create territories within the tank can help minimize potential conflicts. A tank size of at least 30 gallons or larger is suggested to accommodate their need for swimming space and to maintain good water quality.
These anthias can be kept in a reef aquarium without causing harm to corals or invertebrates. However, caution should be exercised when introducing them to a reef tank as they may nip at small polyps or other delicate invertebrates. Monitoring their behavior closely and providing ample hiding spots and open swimming areas will help create a harmonious environment.
Maintaining stable water parameters, preferably with a temperature of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH of 8.1-8.4, and specific gravity of 1.020-1.025, is crucial for the well-being of the Creole Anthias. Regular water changes and diligent tank maintenance are necessary to keep the water quality at an optimal level.
With proper care and attention, the Creole Anthias can thrive in a home aquarium, showcasing its vibrant colors and active behavior. It is sure to be a stunning and lively addition to your marine setup.